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Mary Bergeman Obituary – Canon City, CO (1917-2016)

Mary Eleanor Bergeman, 98, passed away on February 10, 2016 at her home in Canon City. Born in Grand Rapids, North Dakota, on October 21, 1917, she was the mother of 10 children, grandmother of 29 children, great-grandmother of 56 children. , great-great-grandmother of 7 children and numerous step-great-grandchildren. She leaves behind 9 children, two sisters and two brothers. Surviving children are: Jerry (Norma) Bergeman, Florissant, CO; Peggy (Russell) McDaniel, Pueblo, CO; Patricia (Larry) VanGorder, Solana Beach, CA; Carole (Jim) Zaffino, Palm Springs, CA; Barbara (Ed) Cingoranelli, Alabaster, AL; Mary Anne (Mark) Mauler, Parker, CO; Matt (Debbie) Bergeman, Canon City, CO; Mike (Cheryl) Bergeman, Canon City, CO; and Judy Mackowick, Canon City, CO; daughter-in-law, Carole (Bob) Bergeman, Parker, CO. Surviving siblings are: Glorianne Roach, Ft. Ransom, N.D.; Jim Schmitz, Miles City, MT; Patty Willits, Conyers, Ga.; and Bob Schmitz, Fargo, ND. She was preceded in death by her husband Louis; son, Bob Bergeman; son-in-law, Kevin Mackowick; grandson, Scott Bergeman; great-granddaughter, Jessica Bentley; brothers Cecil and Bill Schmitz and sister Charlotte Lutjen. Thanks to the help of her children, Eleanor was able to spend her last years in her home. A special thank you to Judy Mackowick who was her live-in caregiver for the past year. Eleanor and her husband, Louis, owned and operated Bergeman’s grocery store at 223 Main Street in the early 1950s. Eleanor was retired from the Colorado Department of Corrections. After her retirement she devoted many hours to charity, especially Loaves and Fishes and the Pregnancy Center. Eleanor was the 1978 Colorado Mother of the Year. She was a lifelong member of St. Michael Parish and served on boards and committees supporting her church and St. Michael School. Eleanor lived a long, joyful, productive life and was an avid Bronco fan. She is now at peace with her Savior, Jesus Christ. Rosary recitation, 4 p.m. Sunday, February 14; Mass of Christian Burial 10 a.m. Monday, February 15, both services at St. Michael Catholic Church. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to The Pregnancy Center, 508 Greenwood Ave., Canon City, CO 81212. Arrangements are under the care of Holt Family Funeral Home.

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